Where are they now?
I decided to take a look and see how proficient high school players are at choosing the right college. For this study, I looked at players in Arizona in grad years 2015,2016 and 2017. I used Perfect Game as my resource to find out where they committed and then used Google to figure out where they are now. I wasn't quite sure what the results would yield, but I was certainly curious to find out. I have been around the Arizona club ball scene for nearly a decade and have seen some really good players in my time. Having coached 3 kids drafted to the MLB as well as 30+ kids now playing college ball - I am not new to the game.
We have all seen the tweets from young HS kids that say - Humbled and blessed to announce my commitment to XYZ University - this is typically followed by hundreds of retweets, likes and comments. Although this is a super cool feeling for the player, the question remains….. Did he go? Does he stay? Was it the right fit?
My research on this subject may startle some, and it may shock others. To start, I pulled up all of the commits for each class via the Perfect Game website - I then used Google to track down and see how many years that they stayed at the school. It was arduous but I was curious.
Here are the results
As you can clearly see, we are not very good at this. From an overall perspective more than 1 out of every 2 kids gets it wrong. That is a 50% failure rate!! I know we are talking about baseball and yes, baseball is a game of failure. But this mistake is costly. According to many studies and articles, choosing the wrong school can make you depressed and lose self esteem. On top of that, it can be damaging financially. Credits don't transfer, monies are non refundable and moving costs can add up.
Choosing a college to attend is arguably the most important decision in a young adults life. Lets face it, college shapes us, college sets up for future success and college friends are those that we tend to keep for life.
So what if we choose the wrong one?
What if we get wrapped up in what everyone thinks and choose incorrectly?
As you can see from the research - Half of the players DO get it wrong.
So why go it alone? Why not work with someone that has been there and done that? Why not work with someone who cares and can help you make the right decision and find the right fit?
If you would like to know more about how I can help guide you through this process - please feel free to reach out to me.
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